The 7th “NextGen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies (NGBT)”

October 4 2017, Bhubaneshwar: SciGenom Research Foundation organized its seventh annual international conference titled “NextGen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies (NGBT)” at Bhubaneswar, India during October 2nd – 4th, 2017. The co-hosts for this edition of the NGBT meeting included The Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB); The Toronto Recombinant Antibody Centre (TRAC), Toronto, Canada; Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB), Bengaluru, India, National Institute of Science, Education and Research, Odisha, India and Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology University (KIIT), Odisha, India.

TheConference featured exciting developments in genomics technologies and theirapplications in life sciences including human, plant and animal biology, drugdiscovery, cancer immunology, genome engineering usingCRISPR/CAS9, medical applications and personalized therapy. Featuringaccomplished national and international speakers, thinkers and thought leadersthat shape the course of scientific discovery, the Conference saw about 80talks and 13 keynote lectures delivered. Speakers and delegates representingleading universities and research institutions from India and abroad were atthe meeting.   

“We’vealways looked to this Conference as a platform that brings some of the bestminds in research and innovation together. The speakers bring a world ofinformation and knowledge with them and the Conference provides the perfectopportunity to all stakeholders to access this information and plan real changegoing forward. There have been many exciting developments in genomicstechnologies and their applications and this year’s Conference continues to bean eye opener to the possibilities that the field of Genomics can offer”,said Dr Sekar Seshagiri, NGBT Conference Chair. 

Mr. SamSanthosh, Trustee, SGRF (SciGenom Research Foundation) and Founder & Chairman,MedGenome said,“We have been a sponsor for all the seven NGBT editionsacross India so far and I am happy to see how it has grown to become thelargest Genomics conference in India. . It’s a great forum to connect, explorecollaborations and discuss on exciting developments in the field of genomics.We are confident that the conversations on Genomicapplications in life sciencesincluding human, plant and animal biology, drug discovery, cancer immunology,genome engineering, medical applications and personalized therapywill go a long way in creating real value solutions.”

Genome Asia100K served as Knowledge Partner for the Conference, which, as in thepast, continued to be an ecosystem for scientists and students to share theirwork, build new connections and explore collaborations. The CanadianJournal of Biotechnology indexed the student abstract and sponsoredthe poster awards along with Genome Asia 100k. AllSeq and ETHealthworldwere NGBT’s online media partners. The Conference also featured industryleaders from Illumina, MedGenome, Premas, Agrigenome,FeatherSoft, PacBio, ILS, Integrated DNA Technologies(IDT), Nanostring, Agena, New England BioLabs, MagGenome, KSIDC, Agilentand other leading organizations.

At themeeting, SGRF presented the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr ParthaMajumder, NIBMG, Kalyani, India.  Dr. K. Thangaraj, CCMB Hyderabad wasawarded the 2017 SGRF Excellence in Science Award.  They both have donepioneering work in the field of human genomics. SGRF awarded scholarships andtravel awards to 140 students to enable their participation at themeeting.   SGRF also announced the winners of its 2017 GenomicsProject Grants at the meeting.

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